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skivvies Mar 15, 2005 07:35 AM

I am about to buy a lid for my fry pan..why would I wanna buy a dome lid as opposed to a flat lid? What's the difference in terms of how it affects a dish?

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    Alan408 RE: skivvies Mar 15, 2005 09:31 AM

    A dome lid will collect moisture/steam. The steam/moisture will drip off of a flat lid into the pan.

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      MikeG RE: Alan408 Mar 15, 2005 09:46 AM

      Steam will drip off either type - the difference of 3/4" of an inch at most is not enough to change whether covered food steams or not. To some minor degree, a domed lid will drip around the edges rather than random spots around the lid, but on the whole, the difference will be small.

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      Randy K. Lay RE: skivvies Mar 15, 2005 09:38 AM

      That is the right idea but there is a little more to it...the dome actually holds the steam up and away from the food allowing for better browning/crisping as opposed to the sogginess/steaming that can occur with a flat lid.

      The dome will also allow you to cook taller foods like two inch chops or osso buco.

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        screacher RE: skivvies Feb 4, 2014 01:55 PM

        Does anyone know where I can find a glass 13" frypan lid?

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